Many things we use everyday can be recycled or reused. From the plastic or paper bags that we bring our groceries home in, to cardboard boxes to building materials, like scrap metal. The practice of recycling is imperative to the world we live in. Recycling these and other materials help manage the disposal of waste, save energy, conserve resources, create jobs and more.
Recycling metal, such as scrap aluminum or scrap copper, accounts for around eight percent of all recycled goods. Recycling this material helps control the impact producing raw materials, such as metal, can have on the environment. It also helps with job creation. The other great thing about metal is that is can be recycled over and over. There is no limit on how many times metals can be recycled, renewed and reused.
The process of recycling this material starts with you. You have metal that you view as trash. So, instead of tossing that scrap metal into the garbage, recycle it. A recycling agency will come around and pickup recyclables including your metal scrap, or you can drop it off at a facility. Once the drop off or pickup has been completed, it is on to sorting. Employees at the recycling facility will sort the different pieces of metal scraps based on composition. Then after the sorting is complete, the separate groupings of scrap metal will get inspected to ensure efficiency. At this point, the next step is melting. Scrap metals are recycled in a smelter. Small pieces of metal are put into the smelter little by little until all chucks of the material have been placed into the machine. The smelter melts the pieces of metal scrap that are then placed into molds and formed into bars. From there, the recycled metal is left to cool down and solidify. Once the recycling process is complete, the metal bars are sold to manufacturers who use it for different items.
Recycled metal is just one way to help the environment and conserve our natural resources. Paper, plastic and Styrofoam can also all be recycled. You could start a compost pile for decomposable waste or simply opt to drive less to reduce carbon emissions. There are many ways to live more environmentally. But, for the sake of this article, be sure to do your part and properly dispose of scrap metal in order to take one step towards bettering the world we live in.